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BOOK REVIEW DEPARTMENT 

ont any halo. Her adventures in the Tennes- 
see mountains are of the sort to inspire a hearty 
handshake instead of sentimental admiration. 
She tries, and usually succeeds, in being cheer- 
ful, but she does not exude sweetness like an 
over-ripe peach. She is brave, with the sort 

' of courage that grits teeth and makes activity 
imperative. She is a plain every-day girl who 
meets a good proportion of hard luck. She 
meets it bravely just as do thousands of other 
girls to-day. She renounces happiness, but is 
not happy nor resigned in doing so, yet she 
sticks to what she thinks is right. It is a hard 
fight and she is often rebellious. It takes plain 
"grit" to stick to her resolution. 

This is not a story to invoke the army of 
sweet and sticky adjectives such as "charming," 
"clean," "delightful" and their ilk. The same 
sort of° red blood flows in Nancy's veins as 
flows in Jack London's heroes — only her adven- 
tures are internal rather than external. Left an 
orphan she is "passed on" from one relative to 
another in a way to make most girls full of self- 
pity. She keeps her eyes fixed on the funny 
side of things, and when she gives up the man 
she loves so as not to interfere with his career, 
she is so afraid of being weak that in order to 
cover her real feelings she flies into quite a 
little passion. 

Her good friend the Bishop, her aunt, Mrs. 
Chubb, and the mountain people are simply and 
excellently done. The book is full of sentiment 
but ; with no hint of sentimentality. . It is the 
kind of story that makes the reader feel strong 
in a rampant sort of way, and does not cater 
to tears or morbidity. It is a girl's fight against 
unhappiness. It is a brave fight, but not a spec- 
tacular one. Nancy is an inspiration to all who 
read about her. 

The author has done a fine thing in giving us 
a heroine who tries to be happy without hysterics 
or sentimentality — one whom we can respect be- 
cause of her quiet self-control and practical ef- 
forts to make the best of life. Nancy is not a 
professional joy-maker — she is a practical ex- 
ample, good to follow, and we commend her to 

..all people suffering from self-pity or any sort of 
egotistical disorder. 

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disastrous faculty of always doing what turns 
out to be wrong, although meaning to do what 
is right. Throughout all of her mistakes from 
the time, when, as a child she opened the green- 
house door and let in the cold fresh air, so 



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BOOK REVIEW DEPARTMENT 

good for little girls but so bad for orchids, up 
to her death bed when she attempted to poison 
her grandchild because she thought it stood in 
the way of her son's happiness, she never was 
able to profit by experience, nor to learn that 
her judgment might be wrong. 

She ruled family and friends with. a high hand, 
never permitting them to do anything except 
what she thought best. And herself she tor- 
tured most of all by refusing the good things 
that life held out, and choosing all those which 
made her unhappy. She starved her love, hid 
her natural passions, and failed to understand 
both her own nature and the natures of those 
about her. A most exasperating person to read 
about or to know, surely, but very true to life 
and very tragic when one considers her sin- 
cerity and deep desire to do right by everyone. 
Who does not know some living person who al- 
ways takes the wrong turn in the road? 

Left an orphan with a baby step-sister, she 
refuses to marry the good man who loves her 
because through mistaken conscientiousness 
she believes that she must devote her life to the 
baby. She suffers, Andrew suffers, and later 
on through mistaken solicitude she ruins the 
happiness of the sister. Then she takes a fresh 
start by marrying ~a dissolute Irish nobleman 
and having a son of her own. Again unhappi- 
ness to everyone and injustice to her boy. Later 
we find her sister's little daughter and her own 
son falling in love, but a new series of ob- 
stinate mistakes brings real tragedy, and onh 
at her death do affairs become straightened out 
so that her son and her step-daughter may be 
happy. 

The book abounds in events of interest, and 
the plot is lively and complicated, yet' the real 
merit lies in the character drawing. Agatha. An- 
drew, the son, Biddy, all the unimportant as 
well as the important characters are excellently 
portrayed. 

THE GREEN SEAL, by Charles Edmond Walk 
(A. C. McClurg and Company.) 

A YOUNG man inherits a mysterious ring 
and has a wonderful diamond thrust upon 
him. He achieves — not greatness — but a 
charming stenographer who is mixed up in all 
these complications. The root of all this trouble 
lies in faraway Thibet, in a sort of religious sect. 
It is very puzzling, very exciting, very unex- 
pected and thoroughly readable. Chinamen, de- 
tectives, opium smugglers, convicts, beauty 
doctors appear and disappear with lightening 
rapidity. The reader is taken on breathless, 
night automobile rides; is led along one clew 
after another, each of which seems to be the 
right one, only to have it exploded by some new